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Visual designer

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time visual designer who has a passion for journalism and for news literacy education, particularly involving students in grades 6 through 12. If you’re weary of the agency treadmill, or feel stifled by the predictable output in your corporate role, this is a great opportunity for you to have your work be widely seen and appreciated by an eager public and appreciative students and teachers.

About NLP
The News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the checkology® virtual classroom, an online e-learning platform. The virtual classroom has experienced significant growth since its launch in May 2016. To date, more than 9,200 teachers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and 69 other countries have registered to use it.

About the position

Our small and distributed team needs an all-around design talent who can start with an idea and take it through to its final form — creating illustrations, spot imagery, layouts, infographics, animation, GIFs and other visual elements that will enliven and enrich our daily content, online curriculum and ongoing marketing campaigns. The successful candidate will be conversant in digital culture and journalism, and passionate about helping people learn online.

There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. The ideal candidate will hit the ground running, be both collaborative and unafraid to experiment, and have an easygoing nature and sense of fun.

Job responsibilities

In this job, you will:

  • Work simultaneously on a variety of projects under the direction of several team members, including our leads for communications, education and digital production.
  • Create visually compelling graphics and imagery for use with our website, email, social media channels, video and education platforms.
  • Consult and collaborate with contractors and external teams as necessary to create cohesive design systems that reflect our brand and our audiences.

Job requirements

The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:

  • BA/BFA in digital and visual design or a strong portfolio equivalent.
  • Solid understanding of UI and UX principles and best practices.
  • Familiarity with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
  • Extensive experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Sketch for web design, presentations and social campaigns.
  • Demonstrable experience with infographics and visual work that explains concepts.
  • 4+ years in a hands-on design role, within either an agency or an organization.
  • Strong, proactive communication skills with colleagues, contractors and vendors.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and stay within budget.
  • Experience with virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills).

Compensation and Benefits
Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and more. The successful candidate will live in the Washington, D.C., area and work primarily from home, with occasional meetings at NLP’s office near the Friendship Heights Metro stop.

To apply, send your resume and an online portfolio that showcases examples of your work to NLPjobs@thenewsliteracyproject.org with “Visual designer” in the subject line.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 20. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date soon thereafter.

The News Literacy Project offers equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.
 

Digital Marketing Manager

The News Literacy Project is looking for a full-time digital marketing manager. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience developing compelling digital content, along with a passion for journalism, news literacy and education.

About NLP
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a nonpartisan educational nonprofit that works with educators and journalists in the United States to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. We do this through the checkology® virtual classroom, our innovative e-learning platform. Since the virtual classroom was launched in May 2016, more than 8,800 teachers throughout the U.S. and in 68 other countries, with a potential reach of more than 1.36 million students, have registered to use it.

About the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for digital marketing and social media management, reporting to NLP’s director of communications.

For the digital marketing part of the job, we’re looking for:

  • Demonstrated ability to devise and deliver strategic campaigns for social media, email marketing and influencer outreach.
  • Working knowledge of effective digital ad and campaign tools and tactics.
  • Strong creative vision for our audiences.
  • Hands-on experience with design and UX  
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications.
  • Working knowledge of major analytics tools and reporting to help us meet the demands. of our audience and cultivate new traffic and followers.

For social media management, you’ll be:

  • Developing strategies and tactics to increase our base on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Developing and executing a playbook for encouraging followers to develop their advocacy for NLP and news literacy.
  • Creating, scheduling, and researching all social channel content for reach and effectiveness.
  • Developing strategic paid campaigns on social media to reach key audiences for specific actions.
  • Experimenting with growth strategies and ideas.
  • Staying abreast of new social channels, use cases, and tools.
  • Collaborating with other NLP staffers and contractors for all marketing and communications programs to create relevant content and interactive experiences.

For both roles, we want you to:  

  • Further develop and engage our online audience, including influencers.
  • Develop and maintain robust editorial content calendar(s).
  • Develop content for social channels, email campaigns, newsletters and blog posts.
  • Organize online advertising and pay-per-click campaigns.
  • Oversee online brand monitoring, occasional user testing and surveys.
  • Produce meaningful analytics reporting that inform clear plans of action.

Desired qualifications and skills include:

  • Demonstrated experience in a digital communications or marketing role, preferably for an advocacy or nonprofit organization.
  • Working knowledge of marketing and CRM tools, including MailChimp, NGPVan and CoSchedule.
  • Working knowledge of dashboard and reporting programs Hootsuite and Sprout.
  • Solid familiarity with SEO/SEM tools and strategies.
  • Strong productivity skills; we use MS Office, Google apps, WordPress, Slack, and others as needed.
  • Understanding or working knowledge of digital design and digital photography, including use of software such as Photoshop and InDesign.  
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate virtually with teammates and others regardless of location (our staff members are in Washington, New York City and Chicago).
  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) in communications, journalism, or digital marketing and strategy.

The job will be based Washington, D.C. Salary is based on experience and expertise. Benefits include health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and more. NLP offers a  professional (and virtual) environment that is highly flexible, dynamic and collegial and that rewards initiative, teamwork and creativity.

Your application package should include a cover letter telling us why you’re a great candidate; a resume; and a link to your portfolio or examples of your work, which should include samples of your deliverables. Email these to This should be thr NLPjobs in box. We can add attention to Erika.). Finalists will be asked to do a bit of additional homework.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The start date will be as soon as possible.

The News Literacy Project offers equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.

 

Fall Internship 

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a national education nonprofit that helps young people learn to discern, create and share credible information by applying the standards of quality journalism to the whirlwind of text, video, audio and images they encounter every day.

NLP is seeking an intern to assist the senior vice president for education programs with The Sift, a weekly email newsletter with timely news literacy examples and ideas for educators. Candidates for this internship must have an interest in digital media and journalism, along with experience with HTML email newsletters.

The ideal candidate will be very familiar with internet culture (memes, influential social sharing sites, etc.) and passionate about fact-checking and combating misinformation online. Other desired attributes include strong writing skills and basic HTML code and graphic design skills. Any experience with email optimization is a big plus.

This role involves the following tasks on a weekly basis:

Assisting in the curation of examples of media (viral rumors, hoaxes, media news, debates about journalistic standards, etc.)
Laying out the newsletter and testing all links
Formatting and possibly writing selected items

Timing

The internship will begin as soon as the right candidate is located and will run through the end of 2017. We may offer this internship again in the spring semester; check back in January 2018.

Terms

This internship is being offered either for academic credit or for a stipend; if the latter, payment will be commensurate with the individual’s experience and skill level, participation and performance. The intern may be located anywhere in the United States. NLP’s education team is located in Chicago.

Supervision

The intern will work closely with and report to NLP’s senior vice president for education programs. Most communication will take place via email, Slack (instant messaging) and videoconference. The intern may have occasional contact with other staff members.

Application Process and Deadline

Please send a short cover letter, a resume and two references to Peter Adams at peteradams@thenewsliteracyproject.org no later than Oct. 30.